Council reveals its citizenship award winners

Todmorden Friends of Overgate branch members with chairman John Cockcroft
Todmorden Friends of Overgate branch members with chairman John Cockcroft

A scientist, a community worker and a charity group will be presented with citizenship awards by Todmorden Town Council.

Professor Grenville Turner will receive the town council’s Honorary Citizen Award, and Sandra Peach and the Todmorden branch of Friends of Overgate Hospice will be presented with the Citizenship Award for Todmorden 2013.

The winners were announced at last week’s town council meeting and the awards will be presented by Mayor of Todmorden Coun Abid Hussain at the annual Mayor’s Day civic celebration next month.

Professor Turner, an isotope geophysicist who was born and raised in Todmorden, is a consultant for NASA and a Fellow for the Royal Society.

His work studying space rock led to a clearer understanding of the development of the solar system.

Coun Richard White, who nominated Professor Turner for the Honorary Citizen Award, said: “Being a one-time scientist myself and very much impressed by what Grenville has done, I was very happy to nominate him for the Honorary Citizen Award.

“His work has been ground-breaking.”

It will be the first time the award has been presented since 2006.

Coun David O’Neill, who chairs the town council’s citizenship awards sub-committee, said: “We thought it was about time to look at it again, so all the councillors nominated people have done impressive things in their life.

“We decided on Professor Grenville Turner.

“He is an ex-pupil of Shade School who has gone on to do wonderful things.”

Sandra Peach was nominated for the Citizenship Award for Todmorden for her many years of dedicated work alongside adults with learning difficulties, encouraging awareness and integration into the local community.

Recently, when many services are being axed, she has succeeded in setting up a new youth club in Todmorden called Independent Nightlife.

The Friends of Overgate Hospice Todmorden committee was formed 26 years ago.

During that time, the group has raised more than £200,000 for Overgate and continues to hold various charity events in aid of the hospice.

Coun O’Neill said the town council received many nominations for the Citizenship Award for Todmorden and all were worthy of winning, but only two are presented each year.

“We are very happy that the retiring Mayor’s last act in office will be to present the awards,” he said.